Date: May 12, 2019 This weeks reading is from the Gospel of John. It comes with a question at the heart of it, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you really are the Messiah then just tell us plainly.” The setting of this scene is said to be in late December in Jerusalem. Jesus is walking around in the portico of Solomon, an old and admired part of the Temple. As usual, Jesus is drawing a crowd. This time the people that are gathered around him are devout Jewish people who have come to celebrate the Feast of the Dedication (better know to us as Hanukkah.) No doubt they have heard some crazy rumours or listened in on Jesus’ puzzling sermons or witnessed one of his mind-boggling miracles. They are certainly not unfamiliar with this teacher from Nazareth. So, the question they ask: “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah tell us plainly.” I wonder how Jesus will respond.
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